Detectives are seeking public assistance following the fatal shooting of a woman in the Hunter overnight.
Just after 8pm on Wednesday 9 June, emergency services were called to a home on Queen Street, Stockton, after reports surfaced of a shooting.
A woman died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged 61.
Police have been told the woman answered her front door before she was shot.
Officers from Newcastle City Police District established a crime scene, which is being examined by specialist forensic police.
Detectives formed Strike Force Backhouse to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Newcastle City Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey APM admitted it was a horrendous crime.
“This woman simply answered her door and was shot,” he said.
“Worse still, there were other family members in the house, including a child.
“These type of incidents are truly shocking.
“So, we urge anyone in the community who may know something to come forward.”
As inquiries continue, anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from the surrounding area is urged to contact Newcastle Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.